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  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: kenema, sierra leone
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
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Education Le Wi Ɔl Lan (LWOL) M & E Officer

kenema, sierra leone

Requisition ID: req3982

Job Title: Education Le Wi Ɔl Lan (LWOL) M & E Officer

Sector: Monitoring & Evaluation

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: Kenema, Sierra Leone

Job Description

Present in Sierra Leone since 1999, IRC supports the Sierra Leonean institutions – government, civil society, community-based organizations and private sector – to provide improved social services, decrease youth unemployment and mitigate gender based violence.  IRC do this through programs and partnerships designed to improve the life of women, youth and children by implementing Health, Education, Youth and Gender Based Violence programming.  IRC has a Country Program office in Freetown, a regional Field Office in Kenema, a Field Office in Kono, a Field Office in Bo and a Satellite Office in Kailahun.

The Le Wi Ɔl Lan (LWOL) Program, initiated in 2011 by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), aimed to increase opportunities for Sierra Leone’s girls and boys to acquire quality basic education and to improve learning abilities. LWOL, implemented in 24 schools in Kenema district, was committed to supporting the reconstruction of Sierra Leone’s education sector–first following the country’s civil war (1991 – 2002), and more recently in the aftermath of the country’s Ebola outbreak which resulted in the closure of schools between June 2014 and April 2015. As schools re-opened in 2015, the LWOL program worked to re-establish and rebuild the education system as well as to improve the learning opportunities for both teachers and students. The goal of the fourth phase (December 2016 – January 2018) was to reinforce systems that promote education quality and to expand programing to include numeracy and literacy development for students.

The IRC proposes to continue working towards its priority commitments in education through this project to improve numeracy development, expanding on the findings under the fourth phase of the LWOL program. This would be done by focusing on 14 schools, reaching at least 14 head teachers, approximately 85 teachers, and at least 2900 children. These 14 schools were part of the previous phases of LWOL.

The Education LWOL M & E Officer will work under the supervision of the Education Program Manager. S/he will be mainly responsible for data collection and management (including compilation and analysis).

Major Responsibilities

  • Maintaining a database for M&E activities—baselines, assessments, reviews and evaluations—tracking their implementation where appropriate;
  • Contributing to the design of M&E methodology and indicators by the programme team, and promotion of female participation in M&E planning and accountability.
  • Participating in the development of tools and guidelines for data collection, collation and reporting, for instance ensure that projects have clear MEL plans, IPTT as well as tracking of total beneficiary reach.
  • Conduct data quality assessment to ensure that data reported is validated, is accurate and consistent while providing feedback as necessary to program teams;
  • Maintain an action tracker for the project while ensuring that actions agreed upon from debrief meetings with program teams are actioned.
  • Support the implementation of processes to review the quality of project data, collection methods and the suitability of the existing data for the provision of sound baseline information;
  • Take an active role in ensuring line managed staff are compliant in uploading data into necessary app systems and maintain such database systems.

Specific Responsibilities

Program/Project Design and Learning

  • Develop and make sure all the LWOL Education project has tested monitoring tools that capture both program activity and indicators progresses;
  • Ensure records are checked during meetings for accuracy and provide support where necessary and share data with program managers.
  • With support from the M&E Coordinator, establish and maintain project level information management system;
  • With support from the M&E Coordinator, collect program field level information required by IRC, donors and/or stakeholders;

Monitoring

  • Ensure the on time execution of projects major monitoring and evaluation events including but not limited to data quality audit and field data supervision;
  • Document findings from data quality audits and store in project files to ensure collective and sustainable access;
  • Provide technical assistance to staff and or partner organization on information management system, proper data collection and record keeping;
  • Provide consistent, supportive supervision to strengthen staff performance as necessary to meet monitoring objectives;
  • Update project M&E plan timely and provide feedback to program staff on status and quality of implementation.
  • Provide M&E inputs for reports written during project implementation at the field level; 

Reviews and Evaluation

  • Provide summarized monthly data analysis showing target against progress over time
  • Follow up with project teams on programme quality improvement action plans. Ensure action points are followed up and relevant measures taken and incorporated into programming; and verify entered data for completeness, correctness, and consistency and follow up on any data quality issues;
  • Periodically leads in the presentation of M&E data trends during reflective practice forums at field office/ project level and gather lessons from project implementation processes.
  • Take part in the recruitment of survey enumerators;
  • Support the implementation of processes to review the quality of existing project data, information collection methods and the suitability of the existing data for the provision of sound baseline information;
  • Maintaining a tracking spreadsheet for M&E activities and events – baselines, assessments, reviews, evaluations – tracking trends and recommendations, progressing their implementation where appropriate;

Database Management, Information Management and Reporting

  • Provide and maintain MIS content/requirements and feedback to project team and document progress on indicators/achievement of targets using Indicator Performance Tracking Tables (IPTT)
  • Submit data set to update country office wide program database, IPTT, etc.;
  • Maintain and regularly update project monitoring reports, including lessons learned, prepared by project and application of evaluation recommendations;

Preferred Qualities

  • Experience working in education programs and in rural settings.
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Access and Word;
  • Strong data collection, analysis and report writing skills;
  • Ability to work independently, think analytically and take initiative in solving problems;
  • Familiarity with result framework analysis and M&E plan implementation;
  • Experience in conducting assessments;
  • Strong experience working with community groups;
  • Good verbal communication skills in local languages and working knowledge of English;
  • Ability to clearly convey concepts to populations with limited numeracy and literacy skills;
  • Excellent training and mentoring skills with ability to work as part of a team with diverse backgrounds;
  • Willingness to travel frequently to field sites;
  • Commitment to IRC values and principles.

Qualifications

  • 1-2 years Diploma in Statistics, Computer Science/IT or any sector or sub-sector related field;
  • Two years of related work experience.
  • At least two years’ experience working in monitoring and evaluation.

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